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Discovering Providence: A 3-Day Itinerary with the 2023/2024 Discovery Map

Providence, Rhode Island, may be a small city, but it's packed with character and charm. With a rich history, vibrant art scene, and delicious food, there's no shortage of things to do and see. And when it comes to exploring the city, there's no better way than by visiting the local businesses featured in the 2023/2024 Providence Discovery Map!

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Discovering Providence: A 5-Day Itinerary

Providence, Rhode Island is a charming city with a rich history, beautiful architecture, and plenty of delicious food. Here is a 5-day itinerary to help you make the most of your visit:

Start your trip by exploring downtown Providence. Begin with a visit to the State House, the impressive marble-domed building that serves as the state's capital. Then, head over to Waterplace Park and stroll along the riverwalk to admire the picturesque views of the river and the historic bridges. Stop for lunch at the famous Providence Oyster Bar, where you can indulge in fresh seafood and delicious cocktails. In the afternoon, visit the RISD Museum to admire the impressive collection of art and design, including works by Monet, Van Gogh, and Degas.

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Local's Corner: Providence, RI Best Kept Secrets

Most Discovery Map franchise owners live and work in their map territories. The ones that do not spend significant time in those territories (think vacation home, seasonal visits). As a result, they’re experts in all things local.

We asked Amy Newman from Discovery Map of Providence about some of her favorite local spots. Read on for an informed local's perspective!

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Providence Eats

The food scene dominates much of life in Providence; it’s no wonder because this melting pot of cultures is reputed to have the highest number of restaurants per capita of any major city in the U.S. And when people think of Providence, they mostly think of Italian. Between its sister city to Florence status, its canal-like kinship with Venice and the fact that it has been built on seven hills like Rome, Providence definitely has that Italian thing going on, a culture that’s best translated into food.

Go to Federal Hill to hit the largest concentration of Italian restaurants and bakeries in this beloved New England city. Breathe in the delicious aromas of these old neighborhoods that tout a distinctly European feel, especially during fair weather days when cafés are set up outside. Stop into one of them for a cannoli and an espresso for a hit of Old World charm. But save your appetite for Siena where you can indulge in a jumbo-sized meatball topped with a savory dollop of ricotta cheese. (Now dat’s Italian! Or at least Italian American.)

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